About the Author


Rabbi Yehonasan Gefen

Rabbi Yehonasan Gefen is a close student of Rabbi Yitzchak Berkovits and a senior member of the Jerusalem Kollel.  Rabbi Gefen’s has spent over 12 years of intensive Torah and Talmudic study at Aish HaTorah and the Jerusalem Kollel, and has a degree in history and politics from the University of Birmingham, UK. Rabbi Gefen has written numerous articles for Hamodia and other publications. His writing inspires people across the spectrum of Jewish observance to live with the vibrancy and beauty of Torah.

Rabbi Gefen has recently published his fifth book. His new book delves deeply into the characters of great kings such as David, Shlomo, Chizkiyahu, and Yoshiyahu and those of the most maligned of kings, such as Yeravam, Achav, and Menashe, focusing on the most significant aspects unique to each king. Its readers will develop a whole new understanding of the kings of Israel and the overall institution of the kingship of Israel. Click here to order: https://www.feldheim.com/king-david-and-the-kings-of-israel

Visit Rabbi Gefen's site at http://rabbiygefen.blogspot.com/


The Sin of Korach's Assembly

Bamidbar, 16:5-7: He [Moses] spoke to Korach and to his entire assembly, saying, 'In the morning,...

Calev - A Different Spirit

Of the 12 spies sent to explore the land of Israel, only Joshua and Calev remained loyal to the...

Raising Our Trust

Vayikra, 26:3: If you will follow My decrees and observe my Commandments and perform...

The Added Importance of Keeping Kosher

Vayikra, 11:44-45: "For I am HaShem your God - you shall sanctify yourselves and you will be...

Parshas Zachor

Throughout history, many nations have tried to destroy the Jewish people. However, we are...

Effort vs. Results

Vayikra, 2:1: "When a soul (nefesh) offers a meal-offering to HaShem, his offering shall be...

The Positive Aspect of the Churban

Shemos, 38:22: These are the reckonings of the Mishkan, the Mishkan of Testimony, which were...

Atonement for the Sale of Joesph

"This shall they give - everyone who passes through the census - a half shekel of the sacred...

Fulfilling Our Potential

How to bring out your hidden talents.

Going Beyond the Boundaries

Shemos, 32:6: They arose early the next day and offered up elevation offerings and brought peace...

Making the Effort

Shemos, 25:31: "You shall make a Menorah of pure gold, hammered out shall the Menorah be...

Sanctifying God's Name

Shemot, 18:1: "Yitro, the priest of Midian, the father-in-law of Moses, heard everything that...

Praying Out of Habit

Shemos, 14:10-11: "Pharaoh approached; the Children of Israel raised their eyes and behold -...

Pharaoh and Abraham

Shemos, 12:29-30: "And it was at midnight that God smote every firstborn in the land of Egypt...

The True Test of Greatness

Shemot, 6:26-27 "This was Aaron and Moses to whom God said: 'Take the Children of Israel out...

On Leadership: Women as Leaders

This week’s parsha could be entitled “The birth of a leader.” We see Moses,...

Joseph’s Reunion with Benjamin

Bereishit, 45:14: “Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept; and...

Joseph - The Fourth 'Patriarch'

Of all the sons of Jacob, the Torah gives by far the most attention to Joseph. It is very apparent...

Two Ways of Subduing Evil

Bereishit, 32:23: And he got up that night and took his two wives, and his two handmaids, and his...

Appreciating the Righteous Man

Bereishis, 28:10: "And Jacob departed from Beer Sheva and went to Haran." Rashi, 28:10:...

The Value of Toiling

Bereishit, 25:22: "And the children crushed within her..." Rashi, Bereishit, 25:22,...

The Battle of Body and Soul

After enduring the incredible test of the Akeida (Binding of Isaac) and the death of his wife,...

Understanding Lot

What really drove this conflicted character?

Above the Stars

Bereishis, 15:5: "And He [God] took him outside and said, 'gaze, now, toward the Heavens and...

The Importance of Gratitude

Bereishis, 11:5-6: "God descended to see the city and tower which the sons of Adam built; and...

Going Up to the Heavens

After a lengthy admonition regarding the consequences of not following the Torah, Moses assures...

Commandments and Customs

Before the lengthy rebuke that characterizes much of the Torah Portion, the Torah promises great...

How to Give to Others

Understanding the needs of others and trying to fulfill them.

The Benefits of Challenges

"And you should know in your heart that just as a father punishes his son, God punishes...

The Ultimate Mitzvah

"And you shall teach them thoroughly to your children and speak of them while you sit in your...

Giving Rebuke

The Torah Portion of Devarim contains Moses' rebuke (1) to the Jewish people. It begins with Moshe...

Developing Sensitivity Through the Mitzvot

Speak to the Children of Israel and say to them: When you cross the Jordan to the land of Canaan,...

Understanding Each Person's Uniqueness

Bamidbar, 27:15-16: Moses spoke to God saying, May HaShem, God of the spirits of all flesh,...

The Spiritual in the Physical

Bilam and Balak are two of the most well-known enemies of the Jewish people. A full Torah Portion...

Miriam - The Life Giver

How Miriam saved the Jewish people.

Disputes

The Mishna in Pirkei Avot describes the dispute (machloket) that Korach instigated against Moses...

Climbing Our Ladders

Bamidbar, 13:30: “Kaleb silenced the people toward Moses and said: ‘We shall surely go...

Understanding Complaints

What were the Children of Israel complaining about?

The Power of Vision

When a man will separate himself:…"Why was the section of the Nazir put next to the...

Judah and Issachar

The Torah Portion devotes considerable time to describing the formations of the tribes. They were...

Hurtful Words

On two occasions in Behar the Torah instructs us not to afflict our fellow Jew. In the first...

Insights In Rashi - The Joy Of Mitzvot

Vayikra, 21:1: HaShem said to Moses: Say to the Priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them: Each...

Love Your Neighbor

"Do not take revenge; do not bear a grudge; love your neighbor like yourself." (1) The...

Insights In Rashi - The Two Birds

Vayikra, 14:2-4: This shall be the law of the metsora on the day of his purification: He shall be...

The Benefit of Relationships

Shemini gives the account of the tragic deaths of Aaron’s two eldest sons, Nadav and Avihu....

The Greatness of Man's Soul

The Torah Portion begins with the Mitzva of terumat hadeshen, whereby the Kohen must remove the...

Sacrifices and Fear of God

Vayikra enumerates many sacrifices (korbanot), including those that must be given for inadvertent...

The Value of the Tabernacle

"These are the reckonings of the Tabernacle, the Tabernacle of Testimony, which was reckoned...

One Deed Reflects On Another

The Torah describes how the people eagerly came to donate their prized possessions towards the...

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